Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE)
TACE supports vocational rehabilitation professionals through two primary functions: technical assistance and continuing education. Technical Assistance involves customized consultation, facilitation and related activities; examples include strategic planning, resource alignment and curriculum development. Continuing Education involves training in professional development areas, some of which are required to maintain professional credentials; examples include comprehensive assessment, caseload management and ethics. Both forms of support may be delivered either via distance learning or on-site modalities.
Distance learning consists of a variety of delivery methods that can be used alone or in combination, including webinars, live streaming, online curricula and toolkits, conference calls, newsletters and email. Distance learning is capable of reaching wide audiences at a modest cost. Users must have access to internet and/or phone to take advantage of most of these resources.
Typical distance learning offerings include:
- Single topical webinars
- Webinar series such as the four-part “Ex-offender Webinar Series”
- Learning series such as the recent learning series on “Improving Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” combining multiple webinars with discussion groups and project assignments.
On-site services are delivered in person and include customized training, group facilitation and conference presentations. This modality is best suited for individualized services to meet the specific needs of a select audience.
Typical on-site offerings might include:
- Continuing education training on Case Management for VRCs in one area of a state.
- Facilitation of one state’s Innovations project team meetings to negotiate agreements or coordinate implementation of project tasks.
- Presentation at a state, regional or national conference on practices or experiences in or relevant to vocational rehabilitation in the southeast region.